You Can’t Trust the Hand

The Thieving Hand (1908)

A one-armed beggar’s new artificial arm has a mind of its own. Disturbed by its independence, he pawns his new appendage, but it finds him and reattaches itself.

This cute film features some impressive special effects and reinforces early cinema’s deep surreal streak.

The was succeeded as my favorite film released in 1908 by The House of Ghosts.

I made it to The Edge, so I thought I’d drop you a line

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Actress Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) reluctantly moves in with her mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine), a star of musical comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, because studio executives demand she stay with a responsible party when she returns to work following a stint in a drug rehabilitation center.

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Best of the 2000s

The Gleaners and I (2000)The Gleaners and I (2000)

Agnes Varda’s beautiful film follows gleaners at work, from people who depend on the practice for survival to hobbyists. She exposes how connected we are and shines a light on our coldness to the needs of others as she pointedly interviews jurists about the seemingly arbitrary French laws which prohibit some forms of gleaning while encouraging others.

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